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reikiart
11-01-2010, 09:42 AM
Anyone here ever used Maimeri Brera acrylic paint? If so, how did you like it?

chammi kaiser
11-01-2010, 05:26 PM
I don't know Maimeri acrylics but have used their watercolours in the past and they are the most superb watercolours I have ever used. I would be curious to know if anyone has tried their acrylics.

BeeCeeEss
11-01-2010, 09:41 PM
They must be good because I recall a while back that artist Stephen Quiller declared them to be his "signature" acrylics. It was more recently that he developed his own label acrylic paints (produced for him by a Canadian company). Quiller's paintings are known for their vibrant colors--another testiment to the quality of the Brera acrylics.

Sorry I don't have any personal experience with them, but I thought I'd post that tidbit of info.

Beverly

Einion
11-02-2010, 05:04 AM
I haven't bought any in a while so I don't know if they're still as good but from those I've tried they're right up there in quality. Not as heavy-bodied as I'd have liked but apart from that good stuff.

Einion

reikiart
11-02-2010, 09:15 AM
Thanks Chammi, Beverly, and Einion for the information. The description of Brera acrylics at dickblick says that they have "the thickness and performance of an oil and maximum pigment load for rich lifelike works..."
Most recently I have been using Sennelier and I am somewhat pleased with these. I think I will order a tube of the Brera and give them a try, although I am a little hesitant because Einion, you said they are not as heavy bodied as you would have liked, and that is really what I am looking for, a heavy bodied paint.
Thanks again guys!

noodle1
11-02-2010, 11:15 AM
I have them, they're not my favorites but they're okay. No they are not as heavy bodied which is fine for someone like me I just don't find their performance as good as others, but they play nice with other acrylics so I won't waste them but not my first choice in acrylics. Just me tho.

Elaine

Einion
11-02-2010, 04:52 PM
The description of Brera acrylics at dickblick says that they have "the thickness and performance of an oil and maximum pigment load for rich lifelike works..."
Okay well even if I didn't know the paint firsthand that's marketing blurb so like always you have to take it with a healthy dose of salt.

I think I will order a tube of the Brera and give them a try, although I am a little hesitant because Einion, you said they are not as heavy bodied as you would have liked, and that is really what I am looking for, a heavy bodied paint.
I have to be honest, there's no standard acrylic artists' paint that I think is really thick enough (or at least consistently so) to honestly bear the heavy-body description! Of the brands I'm familiar with, the closest might be Utrecht but I haven't tried enough of them to see how consistent they are or aren't.

If you want truly thick acrylic paint the specialist ranges like Super Heavy Body from Liquitex and the System 3 Heavy Body (which is accurately named) are probably the ideal choice.

Other than those I think the best bet is one of the rheology modifiers, which chemically thicken the paint. Golden make two versions (http://www.goldenpaints.com/products/custom/custommed/index.php) and Liquitex make Liquithick (http://www.liquitex.com/Products/addliquithick.cfm). If you've never seen them in action the effect is really remarkable: just a small amount diluted with water mixed into any sloppy acrylic can make it very thick nearly instantly; and you can thicken all the way to as stiff as spackle if you wanted.

But obviously these have the same issue as any of the heavy gels or modelling pastes in that you have to mix something with every colour each time you paint, unless you make up batches and store it.

Einion

reikiart
11-03-2010, 10:29 AM
I have them, they're not my favorites but they're okay. No they are not as heavy bodied which is fine for someone like me I just don't find their performance as good as others, but they play nice with other acrylics so I won't waste them but not my first choice in acrylics. Just me tho.

Elaine

Thanks, Elaine, I appreciate hearing from someone who has used these.

reikiart
11-03-2010, 10:32 AM
Okay well even if I didn't know the paint firsthand that's marketing blurb so like always you have to take it with a healthy dose of salt.


Einion

True. I get carried away sometimes and forget that. Thanks again for your help, Einion.